Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Rinderknecht


Since 2009 Full professor and head of the Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering (IMS) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

Management assignments – supervisor (1997); senior manager (1999); vice president development and member of the management board (2001); vice president research & development and member of the management board (2006)

Extract of technical focus – introduction and application of numerical methods e.g. FEM and MBD; component development of transmission parts to avoid rattle noise; system engineering of mechatronic transmissions (automated manual transmission, dual clutch transmission, infinitely variable transmission), hybrid and electric drives

1995 – 2008 Development engineer at GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Co. KG

1994 – 1995 Research Assistant at the Institute for statics and dynamics of aerospace structures (ISD), University of Stuttgart

1994 Degree: Doctor of Engineering

1990 – 1993 PhD study in Graduate College for Continua and Fluid Dynamics (GKKS) at the University of Stuttgart

1984 – 1990 Aeronautic and aerospace technology studies at the University of Stuttgart


Zech, P.; Plöger, D.F.; Rinderknecht, S.: Active control of planetary gearbox vibration using phase-exact and narrowband simultaneous equations adaptation without explicitly identified secondary path models. In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Volume 120, pp. 234-251.

Jardin, P.; Eßer, A.; Givone, S.; Eichenlaub, T.; Schleiffer, J.-E.; Rinderknecht, S.: The Sensitivity in Consumption of Different Vehicle Drivetrain Concepts Under Varying Operating Conditions: A Simulative Data Driven Approach. In: Vehicles – Open Access Journal from MDPI.

Schneider, M.; Rinderknecht, S.: System Loss Measurement of a Novel Outer Rotor Flywheel Energy Storage System. In: 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, USA.


Esser, A.; Zeller, M.; Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.: Stochastic Synthesis of Representative and Multidimensional Driving Cycles. SAE World Congress Experience, Technical Paper.

Erler, P.; Menig, A.; Uphaus, F.; Malonga Makosi, C.; Vogt, J.; Rinderknecht, S.: Investigating the perception of powertrain shuffle with a longitudinal dynamic driving simulator. In: 2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Auckland, Neuseeland.

Shen, Y.; Rinderknecht, S.: A method on modelling and analyzing the power losses in vehicle transmission. Forschung im Ingenieurwesen, 82 (467).


Zech, P.; Rinderknecht, S.; Lato, V.: Direct adaptive feedforward compensation of narrowband disturbances without explicit identification of the secondary path model. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration (401) pp. 282-296.

Fischer, S.; Beidl, C.; Viehmann, A.; Rinderknecht, S.: Plug-in-Hybride für den Volumenmarkt. In: Motortechnische Zeitschrift: MTZ, 78 (5), pp. 30-39.

Rinderknecht, S.; Fietzek, R.; Foulard, S.: Online and Real-Time Condition Predection for Transmissions based on CAN-Signals. In: SAE World Congress 2017, Detroit, Michigan, USA.


Windrich, M.; Grimmer, M.; Christ, O.; Rinderknecht, S.; Beckerle, P.: Active Lower Limb Prosthetics: A Systematic Review of Design Issues and Solutions. BioMedical Engineering OnLine.

Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.; Fietzek, R.: Leichtbau von Fahrzeuggetrieben durch Online- und Echtzeit-Lebensdauerüberwachung/ Lightweight Design of Automotive Transmissions through Online and Real-time Lifetime Monitoring. In: ATZ – Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, März 2016, pp. 74-79.

Heindel, S., Becker, F.; Rinderknecht, S.: Unbalance and resonance elimination with active bearings on a Jeffcott Rotor. ScienceDirect, 25 August 2016; Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Volume 85, 15 February 2017, Pages 339–353


Eghtessad, M.; Meier, T.; Rinderknecht, S.; Kücükay, F.: Antriebsstrangoptimierung von Elektrofahrzeugen/ Identification of Optimum Drivetrain Configurations of Electric Vehicles. In: ATZ Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, September 2015, pp. 78-85.

Foulard, S.; Rinderknecht, S.; Ichchou, M.; Perret-Liaudet, J.: Automotive drivetrain model for transmission damage prediction. In: Mechatronics – The Science of Intelligent Machines, Volume 30, pp. 27-54.


Schneider, M.; Boras, P.; Schaede, H.; Quurck, L.; Rinderknecht, S.: Effects of Operational Strategies on Performance and Costs of Electric Energy Storage Systems. In: Energy Procedia , Volume 46, pp. 271-280.

Beckerle, P.; Wojtusch, J.; Rinderknecht, S.; von Stryk, O.: Analysis of System Dynamic Influences in Robotic Actuators with Variable Stiffness. In: Smart Structures and Systems, 13 (4), pp. 711-730.


Riemann, B.; Araujo Perini, E.; Lucchesi Cavalca, K.; Fiori De Castro, H.; Rinderknecht, S.: Oil whip instability control using μ-synthesis technique on a magnetic actuator. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration, 332, pp. 654-673.

Fietzek, R.; Chin, P.; Cheng, C.; LaBrie, R.; Ferris, J.; Rinderknecht, S.: Control Strategy for the Excitation of a Complete Vehicle Test Rig with Terrain Constraints. In: SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars-Mechanical Systems, Volume 6, pp. 121-127.

Rinderknecht, S.; Strah, B.: Mechatronic System Integration Potential for Different Applications. In: Advanced Materials Research, 745, pp. 57-72.


Köhler, R.; Rinderknecht, S.: A phenomenological approach to temperature dependent piezo stack actuator modeling. In: Sensors and Actuators A.

Further publications you can find among the IMS-Proceedings or in the TU-Bibliography